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27 January 2021
Professor Alec Gambling
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Professor Alec Gambling aged 94 at his home in Spain on Jan 9, 2021. He was one of the founders of photonics at Southampton in the early 1960s and the first Director of the ORC in 1989. He also held the positions of Head of the Department of Electronics and Dean of Engineering at Southampton.Professor William Alec Gambling was one of the pioneers worldwide in the development and use of optical fibre communications. He...
26 January 2021
Early development of large scale 2D materials in Novel and Compound Glass Facility
A new state-of-the-art material processing system in Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) will expand the UK's non-carbon 2D materials research.The specialist equipment, located within the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, will upgrade its Novel and Compound Glass Facility, enabling unparalleled large-scale 2D material processing for the UK scientific community.The investment is one of...
12 January 2021
World-leading experts highlighted the dramatic progress made in silicon photonics technology at a research showcase event hosted by the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics.The Silicon Photonics for Future Systems (SPFS) Showcase reported advances that will both enhance conventional silicon photonics applications, but also transform new application areas such as programmable photonics and video production in mainstream media.The ambitious £6m programme, led by Southampton's Professor Graham Reed, has successfully...
05 January 2021
Professor Nikolay Zheludev
Professor Nikolay Zheludev, Deputy Director of Southampton's Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, has received one of Singapore's highest honours for achievements in science and technology.The renowned nanophotonics pioneer, who is also co-Director of The Photonics Institute at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, has been presented with the President's Science Award.Professor Zheludev and his Singapore-based colleagues Associate Professor Chong...
09 December 2020
Dr John Lincoln
Future government policy and spending decisions are certain to be influenced by the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all sectors of the economy.The Photonics Leadership Group (PLG) is ensuring that a strong voice for the photonics industry is ready to be heard and inform future research, funding and strategy decisions.The Future Photonics Hub's Industrial Liaison Manager, Dr John Lincoln, who is also Chief Executive of the PLG, shares the results of their vision development for...
09 December 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has seen an increased pressure on the internet as more people are socialising and working from home.Did you know that it was due to ground-breaking research at the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Centre (ORC) that the fibre optic network that supports today's internet was made possible?Professor David Richardson, Co-Investigator of The Future Photonics Hub, talks about the ORC's heritage as a pioneering centre for optical fibre discovery, and describes how the research programme is continuing...